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How Long For A Home Renovation – An Honest Appraisal

Home Renovation | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

The more detailed and complex the project, the more time it takes … but this kitchen proves it’s worth it!

How long does a home renovation take? The immediate, honest answers are:

  • “That depends…” Installing hardwood floors and painting walls takes far less time than creating an open concept within a period home.
  • “Longer than you think…” TV shows and how-to videos make even elaborate projects look easier and quicker than they are. From planning to finishing takes time to insure a great result. Dozens of factors come into play from how soon your municipality issues permits to how long it takes to get custom-ordered materials.

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A Unique Custom Ceiling Design Makes A Statement

Custom Ceiling | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

Simple and elegant this ceiling combines creative lighting, architectural elements and a versatile ceiling fan.

A custom ceiling treatment is a sure way to make a statement when you update or expand your home. In fact, one of the latest architectural design and remodeling trends is a “statement ceiling.” Once an afterthought, the ceiling is now a blank canvas for creative expression. With homes in Madison WI representing decades of styles there are opportunities for transforming dated ceilings into showpieces.

Creating an expressive ceiling doesn’t mean tearing out existing structures or going overboard with accessories. While vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and tray treatments all qualify there are other ways to extend your personality above your head. Continue reading

Create An Open Concept In An Older Home

Open Concept | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

A classic bungle renovation opens up the space for an active family.

Two, three or four decades ago the “open concept” for home design was a radical idea. Walls and separate rooms for everything were the accepted style. The Madison WI area has a wealth of homes built in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, making it ideal for older home remodel plans to expand indoor horizons.

Modern design includes opening sightlines and taking down walls. Cape Cod, Craftsman and contemporary styles in local neighborhoods are ideal candidates to in interior makeover.

If your home has too many walls, too many nooks and hallways, consider the most popular alternative: Continue reading

Range Hood Styles Combines Form and Function

Kitchen Renovation | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

This farmhouse-style kitchen features a range hood that blends perfectly with cabinetry and décor.

No matter what the goal for your new kitchen, there’s a modern range hood style to compliment it. Range hoods that blend into the background so you hardly know they’re there, or exhaust hoods that are a focal point in your kitchen renovation. There’s a wide array of sizes, shapes and materials to fit for your Madison WI remodel.

If you’re restoring one of the area’s classic older homes, the original kitchen probably didn’t come with a range hood. Adding, or upgrading is an important step. When you cook, especially if you fry food, smoke, odors and particles are released into the air. They hang around long after food preparation is complete. An efficient range hood literally clears the air. Depending upon the range hood style you choose, this vital appliance also: Continue reading

Planning an Energy-efficient Remodeling Project

Home Renovation | Madison WI | Westring Construction LLC

A new roof, efficient replacement windows and insulated siding anchor an energy-efficient remodeling project for this older home.

Planning to remodel or up-grade your home – make it an energy-efficient remodel. When you decided to take apart your kitchen, build onto the garage, finish the basement or add a bathroom, the idea of increasing your home’s energy efficiency to reduce heating/cooling costs probably wasn’t the driving force. But it certainly should be a major factor in any home renovation in Madison WI.

The technology going into new home construction has advance tremendously in the last decade so even a home built at the turn of the century benefits from an up-grade. Continue reading

Kitchen Island Anchors Kitchen Makeover Plans

Kitchen Island | Kitchen Makeover | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

Long and narrow, square or round, a kitchen island is a workable space when it fits the needs and expectations of its owner – the “right” design is what works for you.

It’s rare in the days of open concept design to find a kitchen without a versatile kitchen island. And the kitchen island is the anchor of nearly every kitchen makeover from simply making room for the island to a total kitchen remodel. No matter the style, age or design of your Madison WI area home, there’s a unique island that will improve your workspace.

The only element of a kitchen makeover coming close to the importance of an island is the idea of completely new cabinets. Since “more space” is the most often cited reason for wanting a new kitchen, the additional of an island makes perfect sense – unlike cabinets, it adds storage where none existed before. A custom-built island incorporates storage in many configurations while contributing to work space, preparation and cleanup room as well as making a nice transition from kitchen to living space. ‘ Continue reading

Home Restoration Puts New Life In Vintage Homes

Home Renovation | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

Throughout Southern Wisconsin classic farmhouses sit ready for a home restoration – bringing them back to their original appearance while including today’s energy-efficient and safe materials.

There’s a vast selection of classic architecture throughout Madison WI and Dane County and home restoration has taken on significance as people appreciate its value. Home owners, in efforts to bring back the traditional and respect its history are putting more thought into their overall home renovation and home remodeling plans.

Whether you’re a new owner of a vintage home or have lived in your 1950s – 1960s era house for decades, there’s a detailed process involved in making changes. Begin by understan

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Screened In Porch Extends Outdoor Enjoyment

Screened In Porch | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

The décor of a screened in porch can be rustic, contemporary or anything your design style dictates as it brings your indoor living space outdoors in a protected, welcoming space.

The addition of a screened in porch expands a family’s enjoyment of its surroundings by extending the indoors out under a protective cover. Whether the addition of a porch includes covering an existing deck or patio or investing in new construction, there’s a porch design for nearly every Madison WI home.

Intense afternoon sun, periodic showers and the seasonal insects all contribute to limiting the use of even the finest backyard. Decks and patios provide positive elements, but there’s nothing like the protection and comfort of a screened in porch. Planning and foresight are the building blocks of an ideal porch design, beginning with a list of “must have” elements: Continue reading

Home Additions Are Viable Options to Moving

Home Additions | Whole House Remodel | Madison WI | Westring Construction

Adding a second story could be an option – here the project “builds up” and “builds out.”

Growing your home, whether through home additions or a whole house remodel, is an option that often proves better than finding a new house. When you really like your neighborhood in Madison WI and the surrounding communities, your property and the home you have, a major makeover might be the answer. Rather than a major move, consider:

  • Building up – can you add a second story to your existing ranch-style home?
  • Building out – is there room on your property to add a third garage, a new wing to the house or to “bump out” walls to expand usable space?
  • Expand from within – is your older home dated and in need of an up-date? Can you create the popular “open concept” by removing some interior walls to improve traffic patterns, sightlines and the overall efficiency of space?

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Share Kitchen Design Ideas with Your Kitchen Planner

Kitchen Design Ideas | Kitchen Planner | Madison WI

Your plan need not be elaborate – give your kitchen planner an idea of what there is to work with and what your kitchen design ideas include.

Before you move ahead with a remodeling project in Madison WI, a formal plan sharing your kitchen design ideas is the first step. Whether you’re remodeling or adding on, your professional kitchen planner needs to know what you like, what you want and what you think you need. Putting together a written “wish list” and an outline of your kitchen design ideas streamlines the process. Your professional remodeling contractor appreciates your advanced efforts and your insights, shared with the kitchen planner in the early going can save money, time and frustration. A French poet is credited with saying: “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Continue reading